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NATIONAL COCOA DAY – December 13

National Cocoa Day - December 13

NATIONAL COCOA DAY

 A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and celebrate National Cocoa Day.  Each year on December 13, people across the country enjoy honoring their favorite cold weather comfort drink.
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Hot cocoa is a warm beverage made with cocoa powder, heated milk or water and sugar.   The terms “hot chocolate” and “hot cocoa”are often used interchangeably by Americans making the difference between them that hot chocolate is made with shaved or melted chocolate instead of the cocoa powder.
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It is believed that it was 2000 years ago that the first chocolate beverage was created by the Mayas and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD.  Europe popularized the beverage after it was introduced from Mexico in the New World and it has undergone multiple changes since then.  Up until the 19th century, hot chocolate was used medicinally to treat ailments such as stomach diseases. 

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In the United States an instant form of the drink is popular, it is made with hot water or milk and a packet containing mostly cocoa powder, sugar and dry milk.   People enjoy topping it with marshmallows or whipped cream.

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There are health benefits to drinking hot cocoa.  Cocoa contains large amounts of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer.  It has also been shown that the cocoa beans help with digestion. The flavonoids that are found in the cocoa that makes up hot chocolate also have a positive effect on arterial health.

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ENJOY NATIONAL COCOA DAY WITH A
BIG MUG OF HOT COCOA!

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NATIONAL COCOA DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Cocoa Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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